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... of economic revival - the blending of communism with capitalism, the hutongs were torn down to make room for the mushrooming forest of skyscrapers. Now, the remnant is finally protected, and what struck me was the obvious renovation that has gone on, and is still under way.
China remains a fascinating riddle to me, and nowhere epitomizes these conundrums more than Beijing and the middle of the Middle Kingdom. More on that, hopefully, in posts to follow.
... was essentially a giant stone slide, was to hold on to the walls at the sides and slide down using the arrow holes as handles. We were enjoying our wall scramble so much that the restored wall was there before we knew it. Unlike quite a lot of "historical" Chinese structures, the wall has been very tastefully restored and like the wild wall is very impressive - particularly so was the work of the Ming dynasty electricians in their subtle wiring work to ...
... life for the city folk. With the Beijing Olympics, came much progress with the extension of the subway, which had only previously had 3 services, to many more areas. With the extension and the minimal cost of one yuen per trip, it is hoped that people will use public transport in preference to cars to avoid traffic jams. A visit to a Cloisonné factory, during the trip was well worthwhile being able to see ...
... that pace, in spite of government selling premiums, lending and purchase controls. Buyers have exploited all the loopholes.
Speculators are pouring new Chinese wealth into Beijing apartments as fast as they can, often illegally purchasing hundreds of apartments even if they remain empty. A recent article estimated 6,000 Beijing “super-landlords” own over 300 properties each. One former railway minister owned no less than 374 houses. ...
... sticks with everything from spiders and
snakes to ducks and squid. Really was like nothing we’ve ever seen before. And
as for the smell, well that’s just a whole other story.
As we walked past each stall people were cooking all sorts of
weird things, (dumplings, stews and who knows what else) and screaming at us to
“looka looka” and try them.
Then there was also the other stalls with every ...